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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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Public News Service - NY: Criminal Justice

More than 80 percent of LGBT people live in states with laws that criminalize HIV status. (Geralt/Pixabay)<br />

NEW YORK – Today is World AIDS Day and a new report shows that most Americans live in states where outdated laws still can criminalize HIV positive status. New York is one of 38 states with laws that could be used to criminally prosecute people who are HIV positive for potentially exposing a

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NEW YORK - A federal judge has called for strengthening protections against discriminatory surveillance by the New York City Police Department. The ruling comes in a lawsuit challenging the NYPD's warrantless surveillance of the Muslim community. Based on a report by the city's inspector general, t

On Rikers Island, 89 percent of the inmates are black or Latino. (Tim Rodenberg/flickr.com)

NEW YORK – Thirty years of mass incarceration and criminalization wasted trillions of dollars that could have been used to improve lives, according to a new report. The report, The $3.4 Trillion Dollar Mistake, said from 1982 to 2012, spending on criminal justice nationally increased by almos

Watchdogs want hearings into allegations of the rigging of more than $1 billion in state contracts. (wadester16/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Watchdog groups are in Albany today calling on legislative leaders to hold hearings on allegations of corruption in state contracts, and to enact reforms. The recent indictment of former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on federal charges has dragged corruption in Albany back into t

Sent to solitary at 16 for arguing over a basketball, Randy attempted suicide. (NYCLU)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the Sheriff's Office in Onondaga County, where 16- and 17-year-olds are often held in solitary confinement, sometimes for months at a time. In 2014, New York State agreed to end solitary confinement for juveniles in state prisons and e

New York is one of only two states to charge 16-year-olds as adults. (Michael Coghlan/flickr.com)

NEW YORK — Across the country, young people are being imprisoned because their families are unable to pay fines or court fees, according to a new report. The report, "Debtor's Prison for Kids," by the Juvenile Law Center, said the practice can pull young people deeper into the juvenile-justi

Some students are issued a court summons for minor misbehavior.  (Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK -- The latest New York Police Department data shows New York City Schools are safer than ever, but black and Latino students are still disproportionately subject to police actions. School crime hit a record low in the second quarter of 2016, and fewer students were arrested overall. But Da

The Karnes Co. Civil Detention Center is one of three privately run family detention centers, two of them in Texas. (ICE/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The U.S. Justice Department will be ending its contracts with private prisons, but watchdog groups point out that Homeland Security will continue to use them for immigration detainees. A DOJ memo released Thursday instructs officials to either not renew or "substantially reduce" contract

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